5 Steps for Safely Using a Tub Transfer Bench
A shower can be so relaxing, can’t it? It is great to sit back and let that warm water wash away your dirt and worries. However, for a person who is elderly, injured or has a physical disability, bathing and showering without a tub transfer bench can be just another obstacle. As a caregiver, you would want the person bathing to be comfortable and relaxed in a stable position throughout the shower. That is so much better than having shower time be a tense and fearful experience you would rather avoid.
The Point is Safety
Showering with a shower bench or tub transfer bench can make showering so much more relaxing and safe. The whole point of using a shower bench is safety. If you have balance or mobility problems, then sitting down to shower is much safer than standing in a wet tub. If you have vision or pain issues, then being seated is much safer than being on your feet in a shower or tub.
The shower bench or tub transfer bench can accommodate a user who has difficulty lifting legs to get in and out of the tub in a stable, balanced position. As a caregiver or a bather, your experience in the shower can be much safer, and therefore, much more enjoyable.
Advantages of a Tub Transfer Bench
If you don’t usually use a shower bench when showering, then consider these advantages and you may want to get one. Consider the size of the shower stall and the height of the tub side when choosing a shower bench. There are a variety of sizes and features available. We recommend the kind that has a contoured plastic seat with drain holes in the seat, because they are the easiest to clean. A backrest is good, but not necessary for everyone. Consider the balance and stability of the user when choosing one with a backrest or without the backrest. A padded seat is also comfortable, but not required.
Make Sure it’s Stable
A tub transfer bench which has adjustable non-skid legs so you can get a stable and height according to lay out of your bathroom. Once adjusted, make sure all snap adjusters are firm and secure. The legs of the bench are made of lightweight aluminum so the bench is lightweight and will not rust. Handles on the bench are helpful in handling the bench itself and in grabbing it when sitting down or rising.
Having your bench in a stable positioned you are ready to enter the tub. It is always best to involve an Occupational Therapist when using you bench for the first time. Call your doctor in you need to find one. They can evaluate the user’s abilities any determine the safes way for the user to mount the bench. Here is the normal steps required to make use of the tub transfer bench. Have a caregiver or bather assistant with you at all times.
Steps for Safe Use
- Stand with the bench touching the back of your legs, stable yourself by use of hand holds on bench or grab bars on wall, and sit in a slow controlled manner. Don’t “flop” down on the seat.
- Scoot back as far as you can with both legs still outside the tub.
- Lift one leg at a time over the edge of the tub. Your assistant can help you.
- Position yourself so that you’re seated, comfortably, all the way in the tub and you’re ready for your shower.
- Finished with your shower, dry your feet to prevent slipping and simply repeat the process in reverse.
If you’re shopping for a tub transfer bench, we have two models available: the Nova 9080, which is a padded bench, and the Nova 9070, which has a contoured plastic seat and is a little more affordable.
Editor’s Note: This article was originally published Mar ch 2014and has been updated for clarity and content.